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2013 Player Rankings: Tight Ends
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Dwayne Allen - IND YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 32
Keeper: 29
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010                  
2011                  
2012 IND 16 45 521 11.6 3 3 5  
Avg   16 45 521 11.6 3 3 5 0
Proj IND   32 380   3      

Allen was drafted to be the blocking tight end and yet he ended as the best receiver for the position. Coby Fleener struggled with injuries and missed several games. Allen filled in well but his role is not planned to be any more of a receiver than he has already been. He can help out when called on but should not be the preferred tight end on passing plays.

David Ausberry - OAK YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 29
Keeper: 31
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010                  
2011 OAK 12 2 14 7.0   1 -2  
2012 OAK 16 7 92 13.1        
Avg   14 5 53 10.1 0 1 0 0
Proj OAK   42 410   3      

The Raiders allowed Brandon Myers to leave but did nothing to replace him other than draft Nick Kasa with their 6.04 pick. Kasa is a raw player who played defensive end at Colorado before switching to tight end halfway through his junior season. Ausberry is the best receiving tight end on the roster barring the Raiders adding a veteran before the season opens - a distinct possibility. Ausberry only caught seven passes for 92 yards in his second season and Richard Gordon only ended up with two catches. For now, there is no real tight end option in Oakland that has any real fantasy value.

08-18-13 Update: His shoulder injury keeps him out for the rest of preseason. Let him hit the waiver wire and see if he comes back to do something later.

Gary Barnidge - CLE YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 48
Keeper: 47
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010 CAR 16              
2011                  
2012 CAR 16 6 78 13.0 1      
Avg   16 3 39 6.5 1 0 0 0
Proj CLE   20 230   1      

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Martellus Bennett - CHI YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 13
Keeper: 15
Auction 10: 2%
Auction 12: 2%
2010 DAL 16 33 260 7.9        
2011 DAL 14 17 144 8.5        
2012 NYG 16 55 626 11.4 5      
Avg   15 35 343 9.3 2 0 0 0
Proj CHI   50 690   4      

Bennett will be an interesting one this year. On one hand, the Bears never have any decent fantasy tight ends. Not in decades. But they paid Bennett $21 million over four years and it was for more than to be merely a blocker. His first season as a starter produced 55-626-5 for the Giants last year. Now the Bears are installing a new West Coast offense that typically does not make much use of the tight end. But this is a new offense that will look to exploit all talent and that has to involve Bennett to some extent. It's optimistic to expect big stats from Bennett but he has upside from a wide- open opportunity in a new offense. There may not be too much to go on prior to the season starting, so making Bennett a backup is most prudent.

Jordan Cameron - CLE YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 10
Keeper: 8
Auction 10: 3%
Auction 12: 3%
2010                  
2011 CLE 8 6 33 5.5        
2012 CLE 14 20 226 11.3 1      
Avg   11 13 130 8.4 1 0 0 0
Proj CLE   60 640   5      

(+Upside) Cameron may end up as everyone's favorite sleeper tight end and it could be justified (though less likely to make him a value pick). The Browns offense is now directed by OC Norv Turner and HC Rob Chudzinski who together can claim some responsibility for the success of Kellen Winslow, Antonio Gates and Greg Olsen. Just last season, Chudzinski saw Olsen go from a career blocker in Chicago to posting a stat line of 69-843-5 in Carolina as one of the most productive TE's in the NFL. Cameron enters his third season but has only 26 catches and one touchdown so far. That is certain to ramp up sharply this season as the 6-5 receiver will be used in multiple ways to help the offense. Cameron is definitely one to watch but he only managed 16 catches in his one season at tight end at USC. He's only worth taking as a backup to see what develops.

James Casey - PHI YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 39
Keeper: 36
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010 HOU 16 8 98 12.3        
2011 HOU 14 18 260 14.4 1 1 11  
2012 HOU 16 34 330 9.7 3 1 6  
Avg   15 20 229 12.1 1 1 6 0
Proj PHI   30 330   2      

Casey spent four years in Houston and never gained more than 330 yards in any season. He'll play H-back and once again may end up a problem being termed a running back in one league manager software and a tight end in another. Casey was signed to a three-year, $14.5 million contract and at 6-3, 243 pounds he makes a very good receiver with more speed than most tight ends. HC Chip Kelly intends on using both Casey and TE Brent Celek on the field at the same time. Problem is once again - there are only so many passes to spread around and Casey won't likely ever be better than the 4th or 5th option for a team that intends to run more.

Brent Celek - PHI YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 17
Keeper: 30
Auction 10: 2%
Auction 12: 2%
2010 PHI 16 42 511 12.2 4      
2011 PHI 16 62 811 13.1 5      
2012 PHI 15 57 684 12.0 1      
Avg   16 54 669 12.4 3 0 0 0
Proj PHI   50 600   4      

Celek is in his prime at 28 years of age and he comes off a down year that still produced 57 catches for 684 yards. In Chip Kelly's fast paced offense, Celek should end up as the #3 receiver. He's not going to end up as a difference making tight end but he should produce low-end starter stats and is a worthy grab later in drafts after most starting TE's have been taken. Celek will end up with his ceiling capped if only because the Eagles want to run more than is year.

Scott Chandler - BUF YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 49
Keeper: 43
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010 DAL 13 1 8 8.0        
2011 BUF 14 38 389 10.2 6      
2012 BUF 15 43 571 13.3 6      
Avg   14 27 323 10.5 4 0 0 0
Proj BUF   20 200   1      

(-Risk) Chandler suffered a torn ACL in week 16 last year and may not be ready to play by week one of this season. Surprisingly the Bills did not opt to bring in a veteran replacement and did not draft a tight end until their final pick in the seventh round. That means Chandler will be the best tight end on the roster once he is healthy but in fantasy terms, he's hands off in the draft. It doesn't help either that he's missing out on installing a new offense.

Dallas Clark - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 38
Keeper: 44
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010 IND 6 37 347 9.4 3      
2011 IND 11 34 352 10.4 2      
2012 TBB 16 47 435 9.3 4      
Avg   11 39 378 9.7 3 0 0 0
Proj FA   32 350   2      

Clark just signed with the Ravens but at 34 years of age and declining stats for the last three years, he's not likely any savior to fill in for Dennis Pitta. Clark is familiar with the Jim Caldwell offense of course, but he'll add more to depth and the locker room than on the field.

Jared Cook - STL YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 4
Keeper: 4
Auction 10: 6%
Auction 12: 6%
2010 TEN 16 29 361 12.4 1      
2011 TEN 16 49 759 15.5 3      
2012 TEN 13 44 523 11.9 4      
Avg   15 41 548 13.3 3 0 0 0
Proj STL   57 850   6      

(+Upside) Cook's best season was in 2011 when he caught 49 passes for 759 yards and three scores when he was last with Jeff Fisher. 2012 fell back to 44 receptions for 523 yards. Now Fisher has acquired his favorite tight end for a whopping $38.5 million over five years with $19 million guaranteed. That makes him the sixth highest paid tight end in the NFL. Cook was a third round pick by the Titans back in 2009 and his potential remains open for more. He's 6-5 and 248 pounds and yet runs a wideout-like 4.4/40. In trying to load up the offense with more weapons for Sam Bradford, Fisher went out and bought Cook at a very high price. Expect a new career mark for Cook who will play with Bradford instead of Jake Locker.

Jeff Cumberland - NYJ YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 30
Keeper: 34
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010 NYJ 1 1 3 3.0        
2011 NYJ 3 2 35 17.5        
2012 NYJ 15 29 359 12.4 3      
Avg   6 11 132 11.0 1 0 0 0
Proj NYJ   40 410   3      

Cumberland is the favorite to be the lead tight end and that is amazing considering that his three years with the Jets only produced a total of 32 catches. He was given playing time later last season and did end with 29 receptions for 359 yards and three scores. With many questions at quarterback, installing a new offense and Cumberland having minimal experience after three years, the fantasy outlook here is pretty low.

Owen Daniels - BAL YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 21
Keeper: 17
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010 HOU 11 38 471 12.4 2      
2011 HOU 15 54 677 12.5 3      
2012 HOU 15 62 716 11.5 6      
Avg   14 51 621 12.1 4 0 0 0
Proj BAL   50 580   3      

Daniels once again comes off a season that was decent - his six scores was a career best - and yet one that seemed short of expectations. Four the fourth straight year, he was unable to play all 16 games and this time he suffered from back, knee and shoulder issues during the season but only missed one game. He has missed a total of 15 games over the last four years and while his catch total of 62 (716 yards) was one of his best since 2008, his 11.5 YPC was his worst since his rookie season. What should impact Daniels the most this year is that the Texans drafted a top wideout with the intention of him playing immediately. That should dig into the throws made to the tight ends and Daniels in particular.

Fred Davis - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 18
Keeper: 16
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 2%
2010 WAS 16 21 316 15.0 3      
2011 WAS 12 59 796 13.5 3      
2012 WAS 7 24 325 13.5   1 1  
Avg   12 35 479 14.0 2 0 0 0
Proj FA   45 660   3      

Davis is coming off an Achilles tendon injury that forced him to miss the final nine games of 2012. But he signed a one-year deal in the offseason to remain in Washington despite being offered a two-year deal by Buffalo. He has every incentive to return to the form that saw him gain 796 yards in 2011. All combined, the Skins with Robert Griffin as the starter only completed 58 passes to the position and ranked only 18th in the NFL in tight end yardage. Davis has some upside at least potentially but the offense did not rely on any tight end much in 2012. The position only scored two touchdowns all year.

Vernon Davis - SFO YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 3
Keeper: 3
Auction 10: 6%
Auction 12: 8%
2010 SFO 16 56 914 16.3 7      
2011 SFO 16 67 792 11.8 6 2 -5  
2012 SFO 16 41 548 13.4 5      
Avg   16 55 751 13.8 6 1 0 0
Proj SFO   65 740   8      

(+Upside) What to expect from Vernon Davis? His stats took a nosedive last year until Colin Kaepernick started. After one good game, Davis disappeared almost entirely from the passing game. Just when he had been completely written off, he topped 100 yards in each of the last two playoff games including six catches for 104 yards in the Super Bowl. The loss of Michael Crabtree to injury for most of the year will likely help since Kaepernick was getting chemistry with his tight end at the end of 2012. Davis is 29 this season and should have one or two good years left. He cannot be counted on as an elite tight end but he'll merit a fantasy start from a position largely devoid of productive players. Davis was one of the best fantasy tight ends from 2009 through 2011. He has some upside to reach that level again.

Ed Dickson - CAR YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 19
Keeper: 27
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010 BAL 15 11 152 13.8 1      
2011 BAL 16 54 528 9.8 5      
2012 BAL 13 21 225 10.7        
Avg   15 29 302 11.4 2 0 0 0
Proj CAR   57 580   4      

(+Upside) Dickson entered 2012 with much promise but it never materialized. Dennis Pitta ended up as the receiving option and Dickson regressed from 54 catches down to only 21 last year. He's primarily a blocker and has no real fantasy value.

07-27-13 Update: The loss of Pitta for the year has propelled Dickson into the #1 tight end spot for a team very likely to depend on the position. He becomes at least a fantasy backup and has the upside to merit drafting him.

Joel Dreessen - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 34
Keeper: 35
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010 HOU 16 36 518 14.4 4      
2011 HOU 16 28 353 12.6 6      
2012 DEN 16 41 356 8.7 5      
Avg   16 35 409 11.9 5 0 0 0
Proj FA   30 300   4      

Dreessen was the lesser used tight end in Denver and while he only had 41 catches for 356 yards, he did score five times to lead all Denver tight ends. Like Jacob Tamme, his role will decrease with the addition of Wes Welker and the reduction of two tight end sets.

Tyler Eifert - CIN YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 14
Keeper: 18
Auction 10: 2%
Auction 12: 2%
2010                  
2011                  
2012                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj CIN   50 630   5      

(+Upside) This three-year starter was the best offensive weapon for the Fighting Irish last year when he ended with 50 catches for 685 yards and four scores. As a junior, he was even better when he caught 63 passes for 803 yards to lead all NCAA tight ends. Eifert lined up as both a tight end and as a wide receiver and became the biggest concern for each defense. He has great hands and can catch in a crowd. His biggest weakness is his blocking which is not why the Bengals are drafting him anyway. He can line up anywhere and is able to beat a jam at the line. He’s fast for a tight end and can add a new element to the Bengals passing game that already used Jermaine Gresham for 64 catches and 737 yards last season. As a rookie, Eifert won't likely produce fantasy starter numbers and may serve mostly to bring down Gresham's production at least marginally. He's more intriguing as a pick in a dynasty league - rookie tight ends rarely amount to much.

08-04-13 Update: Eifert is impressing in camp and buying more workload in his rookie season.

Zach Ertz - PHI YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 31
Keeper: 13
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010                  
2011                  
2012                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj PHI   38 400   3      

(+Upside) Ertz was the 2.03 pick by the Eagles and at 6-5, 249 pounds the ex-Stanford tight end is an accomplished receiver. If not to the detriment of his blocking skills. Ertz was the leading receiver for the Cardinal last year when he hauled in 60 catches for 898 yards and six scores. His long-term outlook with the Eagles is better than year one since there are already so many other receivers and a new offense is being installed. James Casey and Brent Celek should be the starters leaving Ertz to have an uneven, less productive rookie season but he's one to watch in training camp. Better as a dynasty pick than a redraft this year.

07-27-13 Update: The loss of Jeremy Maclin may end up benefiting Ertz more than anyone else. The set of remaining wideouts are average at best and no talented free agent is sitting by a phone. That probably means the tight ends figure in a bit more and Ertz should end up the best receiver of the bunch.

Gavin Escobar - DAL YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 43
Keeper: 37
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010                  
2011                  
2012                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj DAL   25 270   2      

(+Upside) The Cowboys drafted the San Diego State leading receiver with their 2.15 pick this year. He was the third tight end taken overall and comes in as more of a hybrid player - both WR and TE. He lined up as such for the Aztecs and at 6-6 offers a generous target over the middle. Better yet, he's considered a natural pass catcher with great hands and leaping ability. His speed is not elite at all but everything else in his game speaks to being a future receiving tight end in the NFL - perhaps to eventually replace the aging Jason Witten. The Cowboys are also planning on more two tight end sets which should allow the rookie to see the field this year. Escobar is not even a decent blocker - he is a receiver too big to be a true wideout.

Anthony Fasano - KCC YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 26
Keeper: 25
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010 MIA 15 39 528 13.5 4      
2011 MIA 15 32 451 14.1 5      
2012 MIA 16 41 332 8.1 5      
Avg   15 37 437 11.9 5 0 0 0
Proj KCC   38 390   4      

Fasano comes over after five years in Miami and two in Dallas. He's a solid if not average tight end who has been held to around 400 or 500 total yards in a good year. He was taken as much for his blocking ability and the Chiefs drafted Travis Kelce who should end up the receiving tight end sooner than later. Fasano remains below fantasy consideration.

Jermichael Finley - FA* YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 7
Keeper: 6
Auction 10: 3%
Auction 12: 5%
2010 GBP 5 21 301 14.3 1      
2011 GBP 16 55 767 13.9 8      
2012 GBP 16 61 667 10.9 2      
Avg   12 46 578 13.0 4 0 0 0
Proj FA*   65 750   4      

Finley enters a contract year and is coming off a disappointing season where he fell from his 55-767-8 stat line of 2011 to only 61-667-2 last season. He recorded a career low of just 10.9 yards per catch but the plan is to use him more lined up in the slot or out wide since Greg Jennings is gone. The reality is that Finley was not that different last year than any other than 2011 which featured career marks in yards and scores along with most of the rest of the NFL that year. Even in his best year ever he only ranked 10th among tight ends and 12th last year. He remains a low-end tight end starter.

08-01-13 Update: Finley has had a great camp so far and drawn good reviews.

Coby Fleener - IND YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 20
Keeper: 21
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010                  
2011                  
2012 IND 12 26 281 10.8 2      
Avg   12 26 281 10.8 2 0 0 0
Proj IND   52 560   4      

Andrew Luck's college room mate was not as productive as many had hoped. He ended with only 26 catches for 281 yards and two scores while missing four weeks with a dislocated shoulder. He opened the year with six catches for 82 yards and then never again was better than 42 yards. All but three games held fewer than 30 yards. The plan is to involve him more and he was brought in expressly to be a receiving tight end. But it is still too early to consider him as anything more than fantasy depth.

08-08-13 Update: Fleener has been impressive and appears ready to make the second-year leap.

Antonio Gates - SDC YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 9
Keeper: 11
Auction 10: 3%
Auction 12: 3%
2010 SDC 10 50 782 15.6 10      
2011 SDC 13 64 778 12.2 7      
2012 SDC 15 49 538 11.0 7      
Avg   13 54 699 12.9 8 0 0 0
Proj SDC   60 640   5      

Gates turns 33 and after 11 seasons he is a lock for the Hall of Fame. What he is not a lock for is a big season this year or ever again. He has not played a full season since 2009 and while his chronic foot problems seemed better last year, he still suffered a rib injury and ended with 49 catches for 538 yards for the lowest totals since his rookie season in 2003. He also produced a career worst 11.0 yards per catch which has been on the decline since 2010. Last year the Chargers needed Gates worse than ever and he responded with only one game over 59 yards. He had scored in only three games through week 14 until ending the year with a score in each of the last three games - though never more than 44 yards in any of them. He has a name and the Chargers need him again. But it is a risk better to allow someone else to take.

Tony Gonzalez - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 5
Keeper: 12
Auction 10: 6%
Auction 12: 6%
2010 ATL 16 70 656 9.4 6      
2011 ATL 16 80 875 10.9 7      
2012 ATL 16 93 930 10.0 8      
Avg   16 81 820 10.1 7 0 0 0
Proj FA   82 800   6      

They managed to coax him back for one final shot at a ring. And why not? Granted, Gonzo is 37 years old but he comes off his best season in the last four years when he caught 93 passes for 930 yards and scored eight times. His stats were lower in the second half of last year though and he only had one game over 65 yards in the final nine games. But he scored four times in the final eight games and even scored in both of the playoff games. Maybe not a ton of upside here, but the age-less wonder is a lock to remain one of the better fantasy starters.

Garrett Graham - HOU YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 42
Keeper: 38
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010 HOU 6              
2011 HOU 7 1 24 24.0        
2012 HOU 15 28 263 9.4 3      
Avg   9 10 96 11.1 1 0 0 0
Proj HOU   20 180   4      

Garrett made a name for himself in his third season when he ended with 28-263-3 but some of that was related to the struggles of Owen Daniels staying healthy and the lack of a credible #2 wideout which should be cured with the drafting of DeAndre Hopkins. No reason to expect any uptick in use of Graham this year.

Jimmy Graham - NOS YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 1
Keeper: 1
Auction 10: 18%
Auction 12: 18%
2010 NOS 15 31 356 11.5 5 1 3  
2011 NOS 16 99 1310 13.2 11      
2012 NOS 15 85 982 11.6 9      
Avg   15 72 883 12.1 8 0 1 0
Proj NOS   95 1200   10      

Graham was bothered by a wrist injury last year and had surgery on it back in January. He "only" ended up with 85 receptions for 982 yards and nine scores. A drop from 2011 when he finished with 99-1310-11 but he still ranked 2nd or 3rd best in the NFL depending on league scoring. 2013 will be a contract year and the Saints will wait until the end of the season to start that negotiation which debates getting paid like a tight end or like a wide receiver. Graham should be healthy and motivated to have a big season.

Jermaine Gresham - CIN YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 24
Keeper: 23
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010 CIN 15 52 471 9.1 4      
2011 CIN 14 56 596 10.6 6      
2012 CIN 16 64 737 11.5 5      
Avg   15 57 601 10.4 5 0 0 0
Proj CIN   38 400   4      

Gresham comes off a career best season of 64-737-5 but he hasn't met his expectations yet. Gresham sneaked into the top ten last year but the addition of Tyler Eifert is likely to affect the workload for Gresham at least marginally. It means we've probably already seen the best that Gresham has to offer and more likely will see a slight decrease this year. In 2012, Gresham was the main receiver after A.J. Green and wasn't able to convert that into much difference making production.

Rob Gronkowski - NEP YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 6
Keeper: 2
Auction 10: 6%
Auction 12: 6%
2010 NEP 16 42 546 13.0 10      
2011 NEP 16 90 1327 14.7 17 1 2 1
2012 NEP 11 55 790 14.4 11      
Avg   14 62 888 14.0 13 0 1 0
Proj NEP   72 740   7      

(-Risk) Gronkowski not only broke his forearm but surgeries to add plates resulted in an infection. He needed a fourth operation on his arm and should be ready for week one even if he misses some of training camp. If the infection was to reappear, his status for the season could be in jeopardy. With the loss of Wes Welker, Gronk's role as a possession receiver is even more important. This is definitely one player to watch and ensure he is healthy and ready to play because he could have yet another big year. In May, doctors said the infection was finally gone. He also needed back surgery but is expected to be ready at least by week one. Gronkowski makes for the ultimate risk/reward player this year. If he is healthy and stays healthy, he is a lock to be a huge difference maker in tight end. If not - you have to waste an early draft pick.

06-15-13 Update: Gronk had back surgery this week and there are six weeks of recovery and then six more to regain strength and conditioning. That makes the season opener in jeopardy and he'll no doubt miss training camp time. He may miss part of the season. He's a very risk draft pick until more certainty exists and the Patriots are hardly known for being forthcoming about the status of any player.

08-05-13 Update: Gronkowski still has not put on a uniform yet and there is speculation he may start the year on PUP. He's just too big of a risk to take.

Robert Housler - ARI YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 23
Keeper: 26
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010                  
2011 ARI 12 12 133 11.1        
2012 ARI 15 45 417 9.3        
Avg   14 29 275 10.2 0 0 0 0
Proj ARI   25 550   2      

Bruce Arians said he considered drafting Housler in 2011 when he was still with the Steelers because he liked the receiving talents of the 6-5, 250 lb. tight end. Housler was mentioned in positive light last year but still only ended with 45 catches for 417 yards and still has yet to score an NFL touchdown. He is the higher upside tight end in Arizona to be sure. But that won’t likely produce fantasy relevant numbers even in the best case.

Travis Kelce - KCC YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 44
Keeper: 39
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010                  
2011                  
2012                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj KCC   20 230   2      

Kelce was taken with the 3.01 pick and the Cincinnati product is a prototypical receiving tight end. He'e 6-5 and 255 pounds and considered not only an NFL-ready blocker but a sure-handed receiver. He had better measureables than either Tyler Eifert or Zach Ertz who went before him. Kelce fell because of concerns about him off-the-field. He was only a one-year starter in college and missed the entire 2010 season for violating team rules thought to be drug related. He'll likely need a year or two to come into his potential assuming his problems in college do not persist. Kelce has the potential to be a very good tight end in the NFL if he doesn't undermine his own effort. A much better dynasty pick than for this year.

Lance Kendricks - STL YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 45
Keeper: 41
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010                  
2011 STL 15 28 352 12.6   1 -8  
2012 STL 16 42 519 12.4 4      
Avg   16 35 436 12.5 2 1 0 0
Proj STL   20 220   2      

Kendricks comes off a decent enough second season when he caught 42 passes for 519 yards and four touchdowns. While he will still be involved, the Rams acquired Jared Cook to become the heavily used receiving tight end and with that sends Kendricks' fantasy fortunes into the trash. No reason to draft now that he'll primarily block.

Marcedes Lewis - JAC YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 22
Keeper: 20
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010 JAC 16 58 700 12.1 10      
2011 JAC 15 39 460 11.8        
2012 JAC 16 52 540 10.4 4      
Avg   16 50 567 11.4 5 0 0 0
Proj JAC   50 500   3      

Lewis will be cheering for Chad Henne to become the starter. In 2011 with Blaine Gabbert, Lewis had one of his worst seasons with only 39 catches for 460 yards and no touchdowns. Last season with Henne playing, Lewis had games of 56, 68 and even 103 yards. In the best case, Lewis is only a fantasy backup. With Gabbert as the starter, Lewis has not even been that productive.

Vance McDonald - SFO YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 41
Keeper: 48
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010                  
2011                  
2012                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj SFO   30 310   2      

McDonald was the 2.23 pick in the draft and the fourth tight end overall. The Rice product stands 6-4 and runs a credible 4.6/40. He played as both a tight end and a wideout in college and is an experienced route runner. Behind Vernon Davis means that McDonald has no value this season but he could end up as a replacement for him in a few years. No value this year and only marginal value in a dynasty league.

Zach Miller - SEA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 33
Keeper: 28
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010 OAK 15 60 685 11.4 5      
2011 SEA 15 25 233 9.3        
2012                  
Avg   15 43 459 10.4 3 0 0 0
Proj SEA   35 360   3      

Even with all the offensive success last year, the Seahawks still do not use their tight ends as receivers much. Miller's productive ways in Oakland have given way to being a blocker in Seattle. He settled for 38 catches for 396 yards and three scores last year and that dwarfed his first year in Seattle in 2011. Seattle also added a rookie tight end in Luke Wilson who should eventually become a receiving tight end (runs a 4.5/40) but this year still belongs to the veteran Miller who has no real upside in Seattle, much less any fantasy startability. The addition of Percy Harvin may actually decrease the role of Miller.

Heath Miller - PIT YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 36
Keeper: 46
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010 PIT 14 42 512 12.2 2      
2011 PIT 16 51 631 12.4 2 1 6  
2012 PIT 15 71 816 11.5 8      
Avg   15 55 653 12.0 4 0 2 0
Proj PIT   32 300   3      

(-Risk) Miller produced career best marks last year with 71-816-8 for a stat line. But he also tore his MCL and ACL in week 16 and is still recovering. He's expected to start the season on the PUP list and at the age of 31, he may not come back as strong when he is able to play. Curiously, the Steelers did not really replace him despite his significant role in the offense.

Brandon Myers - TBB YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 16
Keeper: 14
Auction 10: 2%
Auction 12: 2%
2010 OAK 15 12 80 6.7        
2011 OAK 16 16 151 9.4        
2012 OAK 16 79 806 10.2 4      
Avg   16 36 346 8.8 1 0 0 0
Proj TBB   55 590   5      

Myers signed a one-year deal with the Giants and he said that he was playing all of last year with a sprained shoulder. Myers turned in 79 catches for 806 yards and four scores after three previous seasons never catching more than 16 passes in any year. The Giants are into one-year deals, allowing Martellus Bennett to leave. The outlook for Myers is no higher than it was in Oakland. The Giants have produced lower than average numbers from their tight end unit for many years. He'll be challenged to merely match last year when he was one of the few weapons for Carson Palmer.

Greg Olsen - CAR YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 8
Keeper: 5
Auction 10: 3%
Auction 12: 5%
2010 CHI 16 41 404 9.9 5      
2011 CAR 16 45 540 12.0 5      
2012 CAR 16 69 843 12.2 5      
Avg   16 52 596 11.4 5 0 0 0
Proj CAR   64 670   5      

Olsen had a break-thru season in 2012 when he ended 4th in the NFL in tight end receiving yards (843) along with 69 catches and five touchdowns. He started the season much better than he ended. His final seven games produced right around 50 yards in each and he scored just twice in that time. Olsen provides solid consistency for a tight end and there's plenty of fantasy value in that. But he's unlikely to improve on those numbers because the Panthers need to run the ball more often and better. And much of Olsen's success came earlier in the season when Newton was being overwhelmed by the playbook which had been expanded too quickly. That led to more dump-off passes to the tight end. Solid but not a difference maker for a fantasy team.

David Paulson - PIT YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 40
Keeper: 40
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010                  
2011                  
2012 PIT 16 7 51 7.3        
Avg   16 7 51 7.3 0 0 0 0
Proj PIT   30 310   2      

With both Heath Miller and Matt Spaeth injured, Paulson becomes the #1 tight end to open the year but that doesn't make him fantasy relevant.

Brandon Pettigrew - DET YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 11
Keeper: 10
Auction 10: 2%
Auction 12: 2%
2010 DET 16 71 722 10.2 4      
2011 DET 16 83 777 9.4 5      
2012 DET 14 59 567 9.6 3      
Avg   15 71 689 9.7 4 0 0 0
Proj DET   65 690   4      

Pettigrew has been very consistent. His two 700+ yard seasons were followed by only 567 yards last year but he suffered a badly sprained ankle that made him miss two games and affected a few others. He ranked 6th and 7th best in those two previous years. He's not much of a difference maker in the position but he offers enough consistency to merit being a fantasy starter.

Kyle Rudolph - MIN YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 12
Keeper: 7
Auction 10: 2%
Auction 12: 2%
2010                  
2011 MIN 15 26 249 9.6 3      
2012 MIN 16 53 493 9.3 9      
Avg   16 40 371 9.5 6 0 0 0
Proj MIN   54 510   7      

Rudolph only managed to catch 53 passes for 493 yards last year but scored nine touchdowns. The Vikings are looking to give Rudolph a lesser workload this year since he was on the field constantly last year and that impacted his level of play. John Carlson should help out some but in fantasy terms Rudolph wasn't much value outside of his touchdowns. Now the concern will be the impact that Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson has on the pass distribution. Safe bet that Rudolph doesn't see much of an increase this year and more likely a slight decrease.

Tony Scheffler - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 37
Keeper: 32
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010 DET 15 45 378 8.4 1      
2011 DET 15 26 347 13.3 6 1 5  
2012 DET 15 42 504 12.0 1      
Avg   15 38 410 11.2 3 0 2 0
Proj FA   40 350   2      

Scheffler was improved last year with 42 catches for 504 yards but only scored once and he had the benefit of Brandon Pettigrew spraining his ankle and yielding a bit more work to him. Scheffler had around 350 yards in his first two seasons with the Lions and is more likely to return to that level.

Dion Sims - MIA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 27
Keeper: 45
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010                  
2011                  
2012                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj MIA   44 440   3      

The Fins used their 4.09 pick on the Michigan State TE and it wasn't because they needed a receiving tight end - they grabbed Dustin Keller in free agency for that purpose. Sims is a capable receiver but is an even better blocker who should get a chance to start from week one and assist in the rushing effort. No fantasy value as a rookie, maybe never.

08-18-13 Update: Ok, so hold on. Dustin Keller is done and gone and Sims may be the best they have.

Luke Stocker - TBB YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 35
Keeper: 33
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010                  
2011 TBB 14 12 92 7.7        
2012 TBB 16 16 165 10.3 1      
Avg   15 14 129 9.0 1 0 0 0
Proj TBB   35 390   2      

The Buccaneers let Dallas Clark go after his one-year stint and now turn to Stocker who enters his third season with only 28 career catches and just one touchdown. The Bucs were already 27th in tight end yardage last year. HC Greg Schiano said he was confident that Stocker could step up and be the starter but even in the best case, he won't be fantasy relevant in this offensive scheme that uses the position primarily as a blocker for Doug Martin.

Zach Sudfeld - NYJ YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 15
Keeper: 19
Auction 10: 2%
Auction 12: 2%
2010                  
2011                  
2012                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj NYJ   60 620   5      

(+Upside) The rookie has been playing with the first and second team and is working on getting playing time. He's as good as any tight end behind Gronkowski to matter, but that still doesn't assure he will have enough fantasy value to merit a start.

08-18-13 Update: Sudfeld has been very impressive in preseason games and is now expected to play the "Hernandez" role if not replace an ailing Gronkowski. His rise in the rankings has been meteoric all things considered and he will be drafted in every league. One more big preseason game and he may be drafted as a FF starter.

Julius Thomas - DEN YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 25
Keeper: 22
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010                  
2011 DEN 5 1 5 5.0        
2012                  
Avg   5 1 5 5.0 0 0 0 0
Proj DEN   40 450   3      

The ex-college basketball player showed up with eight catches for 105 yards in the preseason while subbing for Joel Dreessen and Jacob Tamme. Thomas has long-term value and is intriguing but unlikely to produce fantasy relevant numbers this year.

Delanie Walker - TEN YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 28
Keeper: 24
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010 SFO 14 29 331 11.4   3 18  
2011 SFO 15 19 198 10.4 3 3 5  
2012 SFO 16 21 344 16.4 3      
Avg   15 23 291 12.7 2 2 8 0
Proj TEN   42 420   3      

Walker finally gets a chance to become a #1 tight end but the production for the Titans is likely to remain below much fantasy relevance. Walker signed a four-year deal with the Titans for $17.5 million but he's not as talented as Jared Cook who only produced 44-523-4 there last year in the new offense. Walker has been around for seven years in San Francisco where he never had more than 29 receptions in any year and topped out just last year with 344 yards and three touchdowns. There is more hype here than promise and while he will be the #1 tight end, the Titans passing woes and offensive scheme will be limiting factors.

Ben Watson - NOS YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 46
Keeper: 42
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010 CLE 16 68 763 11.2 3 1 -1  
2011 CLE 13 37 410 11.1 2      
2012 CLE 16 49 501 10.2 3      
Avg   15 51 558 10.8 3 0 0 0
Proj NOS   15 140   3      

Watson takes the #2 spot for Saints tight ends but at the age of 33, his three-year contract isn't about challenging Jimmy Graham for more catches. What Watson brings in is a good blocker and a capable receiver if needed. Watson is just another average tight end but Dave Thomas did end up with four scores last year despite having only catching 11 passes. Watson won't have fantasy relevance unless Graham is injured.

Kellen Winslow - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 47
Keeper: 49
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010 TBB 16 66 730 11.1 5      
2011 TBB 16 75 763 10.2 2      
2012 NEP 1 1 12 12.0        
Avg   11 47 502 11.1 2 0 0 0
Proj FA   26 240   1      

(-Risk) Winslow finally found a team willing to give his creaky knees a shot. The Jets have a desperate need for receivers to be sure, but that is no guarantee that Winslow even makes the final 53 man roster. Barring a wildly impressive training camp, he won't be draftable for fantasy teams. Winslow signed a one-year contract for only $840,000 with no guarantees. He can be released at any time with no penalty.

Jason Witten - DAL YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 2
Keeper: 9
Auction 10: 10%
Auction 12: 12%
2010 DAL 16 94 1002 10.7 9      
2011 DAL 16 79 942 11.9 5      
2012 DAL 16 110 1039 9.4 3      
Avg   16 94 994 10.7 6 0 0 0
Proj DAL   88 950   6      

Witten may be getting up there at 31 years of age but he certainly is not slowing down. He led all tight ends last year with 110 catches for 1039 yards and scored three times. All that after starting the year as a question mark because of a ruptured spleen that never really got in the way. He had a career mark with 14 more catches than any other season. He remains one of the lowest risk tight ends even though he may have to share some with the rookie Gavin Escobar and at some point will show his age. For the last six years, Witten has been a lock for a top 5 season if not top 3.

   
 
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